What are palaeocurrents?

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  1. plural of palaeocurrent
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Palaeocurrents in these formations are again variable, with a northward and south-eastward component.
The latter is more consistent with the southeasterly palaeocurrents of the Castlegate Sandstone.
Imbricated clasts indicate eastward palaeocurrents away from the metamorphic complex.
The variability of palaeocurrents, however, suggests that the fault zone was not a major topographic feature and may have been below sea-level.

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